National Center for Constitutional Studies
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The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of freedom. Liberty is at the foundation of Christian belief. An important part of the mission of Christ was to set the souls of men at liberty so they would be able to act and chose for themselves, being accountable for and reaping the rewards of their choices.
Dr. Skousen wrote 32 years ago:
It can be said, then, that any attempt by man to secure the liberty of human beings is merely a support to the mission of Christ. This really is the purpose of the Constitution of the United States.
Freedom Under Christianity and the Constitution Produces a Tolerant People
No country in the world is more tolerant of man's choices than the United States of America. While we have been declared by many legal entities to be a "Christian" nation, still our basic code calls for complete religious freedom for all in thought and action. No other country which recognizes a national religion can claim such tolerance. Jefferson describes the effort to insure religious tolerance for all:
Freedom Under Christianity and the Constitution Produces a Wealthy People
In debunking the socialist idea that there is only so much wealth to go around, hence it must be fairly and equally distributed, author P. J. O'Rourke asks:
There is a difference between individual freedom, which is the basis of Christianity and the Constitution, and the superficial, financial freedom of the few. Russia is learning that real freedom means total freedom of the individual to try, buy, sell, and fail. While socialist planners would have us believe Russia's problems are the result of too much economic freedom too quickly, Cathy Young encapsulated in the Chicago Tribune the real reasons:
Freedom Under Christianity and the Constitution Produces Large, Productive Families
When one has complete faith in individual freedom, he will take seriously the command to "be fruitful" and "multiply and replenish the earth" and "subdue and gain dominion" over the earth. One will not be side-tracked by the philosophies of men who teach over-population and resource-depleting theories. As Dr. Eric N. Skousen points out:
Freedom Under Christianity and the Constitution Produces a Humble People Before God
History proves that one of the most destructive forces in all human relationships is pride. "Pride goeth before destruction" (Proverbs 16:18) In the words of C. S. Lewis, "Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. It is the comparison that makes you proud."
Pride is a very misunderstood characteristic in human relationships. It stems from a person thinking he is better, more intelligent, more capable, or stronger than someone else. Pride produces enmity toward God and toward our fellowmen. When the Golden Rule of Christianity is abandoned, the results of pride are evident. When the concept of limited government is abandoned, the results of pride are just as evident. What are the beginnings of pride in a people who are free? We begin to think some of us are above others. We begin to think we know what is best for our fellow men. If this thinking is allowed to grow unchecked, we begin to look to the force of government to enforce our prideful feelings upon our fellow men.
Here is the origin of government control over the lives of people - it is pride - the very antithesis of Christianity and the Constitution. Because of pride we begin to think we can tell our neighbor he has to get our permission to choose a profession or occupation. We call these licensing laws. Because of pride we begin to tell our neighbor he must conduct his affairs in a certain way even if it is not hurting anybody. We call these regulatory laws. Because of pride we begin to take from one neighbor his property and give it to another neighbor. We call these welfare laws. Pride is the assumption that we know what is best for our neighbor. Government is the perfect cover for us to exercise the sin of pride without feeling guilty. In the end, it will lead to our destruction, as has been shown numerous times in history. True Christianity supported by true Constitutional law would prevent this from happening.
Freedom Under Christianity and the Constitution Produces a Forgiven People Before God
One foundational principle of Christianity, which the Founders were obliged to include in the Constitutional powers of the president is the power to pardon. In government, a pardon is the actual suspension or mitigation of the sentence imposed by the court. When a person has committed a wrong, the law requires a punishment to be affixed. The only way a person can escape is for someone to intervene and to suspend the punishment, even though the person is guilty of the wrongdoing. There is only one person who can do this in the case of federal crimes and one person in a state who can do this in state crimes, that is the executive. Founder James Iredell explained:
In discussing this concept of pardon with a group of young people, one contemplative student observed: "This power to pardon is the same principle as the Atonement of Christ, where mercy appeases the demands of justice."
America owes a debt of gratitude for what happened on that first Christmas. It truly laid the basis for our great nation wherein its people could become more tolerant, more wealthy, more productive, more humble, and more receptive of His grace than any other people on earth. Our duty now lies in accepting this wonderful gift.
May your season be merry and meaningful.
Earl Taylor, Jr.